With the weather warming up and football fever kicking in, people generally spending more time outdoors, it’s easy to forget about the energy you use at home. But with the longer, sunnier days, summer is the perfect time to increase your home’s energy efficiency and save money on your heating bills.
Spruce up your boiler
A third of homes in England have an old and inefficient boiler. The Energy Saving Trust estimates that a new boiler could save you £210 on your annual energy bill, depending on your current house type and boiler. The best time to service or replace your boiler is when you’re not relying on it as much, so summer is the perfect time to take action and give your boiler some TLC.
Get smart about the weather
Did you know that smart thermostats can do more than simply control the heat in your home during winter; they can also play a useful role in summer. Smart thermostats can adapt to the local weather forecast to make the most of natural heat on a sunny day, meaning that you can save energy too.
The smartphone app that comes with smart thermostats also makes it easy to control your heating from wherever you are. So, there’s no need to panic if you forget to turn your hot water or heating off when you go for a day out or even more importantly when you go on holiday. Simply check your systems status and if necessary turn your water heating or heating off from the airport departure lounge or back on again when in arrivals.
Engineers are more available in summer
Because winter sees the highest use of boilers and central heating systems, it’s also the time of year when engineers are inevitably the busiest. Engineers are rushed off their feet installing new boilers and servicing old ones. By planning to buy your new boiler this summer, you can find the perfect, energy efficient boiler for you at the perfect price. Avoid the winter rush, and book an appointment that works for your busy schedule.
You can stay warm
A boiler replacement on average can take between 1-3 days but can take even longer if you are considering a complete overhaul of your central heating system. Not being able to rely on your boiler during winter isn’t convenient for any homeowner, especially if it involves an unexpected breakdown. A failure in the functioning of your boiler could cause further damage to the heating system such as frozen pipes.
Having work done in summer means you can stay warm and not face so much disruption to daily life. Facing a couple of days with no central heating is easily tolerated with sunshine and warmer temperatures.
So how can we save money on our heating?
By installing an ‘A’ rated boiler this summer, you could save up to £350 a year! Whereas older boilers lose about 25% of the heat they produce as hot air, an ‘A’ rated boiler is able to achieve astounding energy efficiency by catching that hot air and ‘condensing’ it. As a result, an ‘A’ rated boiler can convert over 90% of the energy it uses into heat for all your heating needs. By comparison, a ‘G’ rated boiler only converts less than 70% of the energy it expends, meaning that in effect it wastes 30p of every £1 you spend on your heating.
Over an ‘A’ rated boiler’s 15 year lifespan, you can save up to £5,250 compared to a boiler with a lower energy efficiency rating. Coupled with the fact that engineers are generally cheaper to call out in summer, now could be the time for you to make the switch to an ‘A’ rated boiler.